Thotakura is also known Amaranth, Red Spinach, Laal sag, Rajgira saag, Chuamarsa, Ganhar, Kalgaghasa or Chaulai .Thotakura is the famous leafy vegetable with number of nutrients. Thotakura leaves contain three times more calcium and three times more niacin (vitamin B3) than spinach leaves. Twenty times more calcium and seven times more iron than lettuce.
 Amaranth / Thotakura can be prepared in various ways like Dal , Saag, Bhajji ,Chutney .
Thotakura Pachadi  (Chutney) Andhra Style is very tasty and delicious dish .It is very easy to prepare.

Ingredients :-

Thotakura  /Amaranth leaves /Rajgira Leaves : 3 small bunches
Coriander Seeds /Dhaniya : 1 tsp
Urad Dal / Bengal gram /Minapappu : 1 tsp
Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds /Methi Seeds /Mentulu : a pinch
Onion : 1 small
Turmeric : 1/4 tsp
Tamarind : 1/2 lime size soaked
Whole Red Chillies : 5
Salt to taste
Oil : 2 tsp

For seasoning :

Mustard Seeds : 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp
Hing : A pinch
Whole Red Chilli : 1
Curry leaves : Few

Method :-

1) Soak the tamarind in water for few minutes and set aside.

2) Wash and chop the Amaranth leaves and set aside.
3) Peel and chop the onion into small pieces  and keep aside.


4) Heat one teaspoon of oil in a pan. Add and fry the  cumin seeds ,urad dal , coriander seeds,and fenugreek seeds to brown color and keep aside.

5) Now add the red chillies and  garlic  and fry for few seconds. Take it from the pan and allow it to cool.

6) In same pan add  a little oil  and  add  chopped Onions  and fry till it becomes golden red.  Take it from the pan .

7) Heat one teaspoon of oil in a pan and add the chopped  amaranth leaves to it and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off the flame and let it cool completely.
8) Grind the roasted spices into fine   powder. Then add the soaked tamarind, amaranth leaves, turmeric ,salt and chopped  and fried onion to it and grind for a few seconds, if required add little water.
9) Transfer the chutney into a cup and set aside.

10) Heat one teaspoon of oil in a pan for seasoning. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and let them splutter. When the  seeds stop tossing, add the red chilli ,curry leaves and hing and fry for a few seconds.
11)  Add this seasoning to the chutney and mix well.

12) Thotakura pachadi is ready to serve, serve with hot rice along with ghee.


Instead of red chillies ,green chillies can be used.

May this Light of Happiness...Light up your Life.
May this Diwali be...The most sparkling and Lightening...
The Sights and Sounds filling up your Heart...
With Joy and Happiness...
Wishing You All a Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali !!!


Besan Burfi is very easy to make and  awesome to taste.Make this favorite sweet at home with three simple ingredients gram flour (besan), ghee and sugar .Besan Burfi can be served any time of the day.

Cooking time : 20 minutes
Shelf life – it stays fresh up to 3 -4 weeks at room temperature in air tight container. 

Ingredients :-

    Gram Flour  /Chick Pea Flour (Besan) -    2 cups
    Green cardamom powder -    1/2 teaspoon
    Powdered sugar -   1 cup
    Pure ghee -   1 cup
    Approx. 1 tablespoon Pistachios and Almonds crushed for garnishing


1) Heat the ghee in a non-stick kadai or thick bottomed pan  on low flame.Add the gram flour and  stir continuously  for ten to fifteen minutes on low flame only or till it starts changing colour and is fragrant or the flour becomes golden brown and ghee separates. You will get nice aroma of gram flour that time its done.

2) Remove from the heat and switch off the stove.

3) Add the powdered sugar  ,cardamom powder and mix well.

4) Grease a six-by-eight-inch aluminium straight-sided shallow tray  or  8'' flat plate with the ghee. Pour the gram flour mixture into the greased tray or plate and spread it evenly with a greased spatula.
5) Sprinkle the chopped or sliced pistachios  and almonds evenly over the top to garnish.
6) Let them cool  completely and cut into squares or diamonds with a sharp and greased knife .Separate the pieces very gently without breaking.First piece is very hard to remove. It takes about 1 hour  to cool  completely.

7) Serve or Store the burfi in an airtight container. 


 If you are in hurry, put the tray or plate in refrigerator to set burfi quickly. Then cut into pieces. 

Happy Diwali !!!

Diwali is also called as "Deepavali" or the "festival of lights" is one of the most popular Hindu festival. It is celebrated by Hindus all round the world with great enthusiasum. Sweets and snacks are prepared and distributed to friends, neighbours and relatives.Diwali is a time of holiday feasting and family visits.

 I wish all my readers a Happy ,Joyous and Prosperous Happy Diwali . May this Diwali brings Good Fortune , health and wealth to all of you.

 I have compiled the list of  55 Diwali recipes  to celebrate the Vibrant Diwali Festival.

Click on the Names of recipes to take you to the recipe page. 

 Diwali Snacks /Appetizers Recipes

Chakali /Murukku Chivda               Spicy Shankarpali / Namakpaare

Hara Bhara Kabab Vegetable Kababs Kothimbir (Coriander) Vadi
Sev / Omapodi Medu Vada /Garelu Palak Pakoda /Spinach Fritters
Dahi Tikki Dahi Vada /Dahi Bhalla Dahi Vada with Zero Oil
Batata (Potato)  Vada Black Eyed Beans (Lobia)Vada / Fritters Masala Vada
Diwali Sweets / Desserts Recipes 
Gulab Jamun Besan Ladoo Karanji/Kajjikayalu
Doodh Peda Rava Besan Ladoo Daliya Ladoo /Roasted Split Gram Dal Ladoos
Mung Dal Ladoos /Suni Undallu Rava Ladoos Shankarpali
Kesar Rasmalai Phirni Rabadi
Apple Halwa ABC (Apple Banana Carrot) Halwa Papaya Halwa
To check more Diwalis sweets and desserts recipes check this compiled list of 33 Diwali Sweets and Desserts Recipes.
The list includes easy Diwali sweets, ladoos, halwas , payasam , kheer recipes.

Diwali Special Main Course Recipes

Vegetable Dum Biryani Navratna Pulav Paneer Butter Masala
Navratna Korma Paneer Kaju Pasanda Nawabi Paneer
Pav Bhaji Misal Pav Bagara Baingan

Shahi Paneer Amritsari Gobi Mutter Chole / Chana Masala
Easy Diwali Recipes
Jeera Rice Dal Fry Panchmeal Dal
Vegetable Pulao Mutter Paneer Paneer Kesari
Green Peas Pulao Rajma Chawal Palak Paneer
Rava Payasam Rava Kesari /Sheera Microwave Rava Ladoos
Microwave Besan Ladoos

Wishing  You  a Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali to Every one..... 

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